We are excited to welcome Deborah Nolan as one of our regular contributors to CardMaker. In each issue, Deborah shares a different technique-based article along with projects showcasing that technique with us. Her love for paper-crafting techniques shines through in her work, and she always has great card-making tips to share! We invite you to join us as we learn more about this multi-talented wife, mom, teacher and designer.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been involved with paper crafting.
I teach college communication courses, which is nice because the nontraditional schedule allows me to spend more time with my family and making cards! I became interested in paper crafting 13 years ago shortly after my daughter was born. One could argue that scrapbooking was my “gateway drug” because I eventually found myself making more cards and fewer pages. I started becoming active online in 2008 and was delighted to find other card makers at the Hero Arts Flickr group. I was selected as one of the first Hero Arts Hostesses and am honored to coordinate the annual Hostess Blog Hop. I started blogging and have been a member of various manufacturer design teams. Last year, CardMaker magazine published an article I wrote and then invited me to become a regular contributor (which put me so far over the moon I’ve still not landed).
What are the top five paper-crafting essentials you are never without?
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What is your favorite kind of card to create (birthday, thank you, etc.)?
My favorite kind of card to create is probably the “all-occasion/generic” card because then I have no restrictions and can follow the creative muse wherever she takes me.
Do you have a favorite paper-crafting technique?
I don’t think there’s a name for this technique, but the results are stunning. Stamp a background image with embossing ink on watercolor paper, apply white embossing powder and heat-set it. Cover the entire surface with randomly applied Distress ink (using three colors works best). Add Ranger Perfect Pearls to water and spritz it onto the image. After the paper dries, clean the embossed portions with a baby wipe. Stand back and marvel at how cool it looks!
My favorite kind of card
to create is probably the
card because then I have
no restrictions and can
follow the creative muse
wherever she takes me.